By Sally Fahey
Last Sunday, New York City FC beat the Union 3-1 at Yankee Stadium.
And tonight the two will face off again at the same place, this time in a Knockout Round elimination game in the MLS Cup Playoffs (7 pm ET | FS1.
With a home game, where they are 12-1-4 this season, against a team they just beat three days earlier, it’s advantage NYC.
The Union wasn’t run off the field, but they didn’t exactly get unlucky, either. NYCFC were the superior team and deserved to win. Philly need to reassess their approach.
Philly created opportunities on Sunday, and tonight it shouldn’t veer away from their pass-and-move system.
The situation doesn’t exactly suit them — Yankee Stadium has tight dimensions that often make it tough to possess, and NYC recently put down new sod that plays slower than most stadiums — but the Union have been building their attacking identity for two years now. It’s been the backbone of their success this season.